The Twenty-fifth Spirit is Glasya-Labolas. He is a Mighty President and Earl, and showeth himself in the form of a Dog with Wings like a Gryphon. He teacheth all Arts and Sciences in an instant, and is an Author of Bloodshed and Manslaughter. He teacheth all things Past, and to Come. If desired he causeth the love both of Friends and of Foes. He can make a Man to go Invisible. And he hath under his command 36 Legions of Spirits. His Seal is this, to be, etc.
being a teeny blip on the long tail w/ no credentials, there's nothing to confirm or validate me. what i like about livejournal is that i don't need it. so it's funny to admit that i've been uncomfortable discussing certain topics. LI's Leontius post helped me break through that a little (see also: Envisaging the Body of the Condemned & Images in Public Health). recent events [+][+][+] have made me reconsider Glasya-Labolas as "an Author of Bloodshed and Manslaughter". generally, the Goetia are evoked to perform a function & i was never really comfortable with what i thought this particular Goë's powers suggested. but if this isn't the Clausewitzean Goë i don't know what is. maybe, i'm thinking, an Author of Bloodshed and Manslaughter should be evoked when considering threats to open & free societies.
Glasya-Labolas rules Sagittarius 00°-05° which is also ruled by ShemhaMephoresh angel Iezalel (Deus Super omnia decantabils, "The God sung above all"). this quinary is represented by the Eight of Wands ("subtilizing of the Fiery energy").
some good astrological analysis while i figure out which chart to use to explore Sagittarius 00°-05° : Dane Rudhyar's The Astrology of America's Destiny; Juan Revilla's Iraq-USA & Islam and the USA Boyd Chart; Liz Greene's National Charts & The Terrorist Attack on USA; Robert Zoller's Prediction and 11th September 2001.
glyph on Glasya card from Fleurons Font
mapped to @ character
flower-shaped ornament [+]
card created 15-Sep-2001
[22-Apr|09:15pm] :: finally watched capote on showtime tonight. when i was younger i knew he wrote Breakfast at Tiffany's & wondered then how that writer managed to write In Cold Blood. talk about "an Author of Bloodshed". Capote on writing: Since each story presents its own technical problems, obviously one can't generalize about them on a two-times-two-equals-four basis. Finding the right form for your story is simply to realize the most natural way of telling the story. The test of whether or not a writer has divined the natural shape of his story is just this: After reading it, can you imagine it differently, or does it silence your imagination and seem to you absolute and final? As an orange is final. As an orange is something nature has made just right [+].
[23-Apr|06:06pm] :: Towards a Post-Modern Astrology :: by Robert Hand :: Yet, what appears to be happening, and what I certainly align myself with, is not really a revival of traditional astrology. Rather it’s a healing of the break that occurred in the 18th century. We are not trying to do astrology exactly as it was done, rather we’re trying to recreate astrology as it would have been if it had never stopped being an active tradition. Understanding this point is very important, because it is often stated and believed that traditional astrology must not have been all that effective because it died out – almost. Surely, it is said by some, traditional astrology must have been terribly lacking, and therefore modern astrology represents an evolutionary improvement from it. This is not the case. Traditional astrology died out for reasons that are much better described as socio-political than scientific. If you want an example of what I mean I refer you to Patrick Curry’s excellent work Prophecy and Power, where he describes the process of astrology’s near death in Britain. But I assure you, that process was not limited to Britain. So, we are not doing traditional astrology, we are healing the break that occurred in the 18th century [+][+][+][+][+][+][+].
AQ 615 = TOWARDS A POST-MODERN ASTROLOGY (Robert Hand) = WE EVALUATE, WE JUDGE, AND WE INTEGRATE (Towards a Post-Modern Astrology, Robert Hand).
[24-Apr|12:33am] :: Astrology of War - Horary Astrology: Will I Get the Kingship of Africa? :: In this post, however, we are going to return to a happier time, at least for astrologers. The rest of society, as we will see from the chart, was not quite doing so well. This horoscope comes from a book on astrology titled On Reception, which was written in the eighth century A.D. by an astrologer writing in the Arabic astrological tradition, named Masha’ allah ibn Athari. He came from Basra, in modern day Iraq, and was one of the astrologers who created a horoscope for the founding of Baghdad. Baghdad is one of the few cities we know was founded at a specific time under appropriate astrological configurations, by the way. This is the horoscope of a horary question asked by a Duke who was promised a kingship in Africa by a king. There was only one small problem: the kingship was in the hands of a rebel Lord, and the Duke naturally wanted to know whether he would get the kingship and what would happen to the rebel Lord [+][+][+].
[27-Apr|10:43am] :: A failure in generalship :: LTC Paul Yingling in Armed Forces Journal, via zenpundit :: Armies do not fight wars; nations fight wars. War is not a military activity conducted by soldiers, but rather a social activity that involves entire nations. Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz noted that passion, probability and policy each play their role in war. Any understanding of war that ignores one of these elements is fundamentally flawed.